As we get older, friendships become even more important. We pick and choose to keep those people in our lives that matter most, cull down the list of those that don't warrant the effort and maintain those that pass the test of time.
Because of their esteemed position in our eyes, the moment when we're ready to introduce friends to the people we're dating is of the utmost importance. Friends' opinions can be deal breakers. They help keep us honest.
Youth is so beautiful and I was reminded again of this at Coachella. The girls with their faintly sunburned cheeks looked as ripe and fresh as nectarines and most of the boys still had faint traces of the baby faces they'd had six or seven years ago.
The more cowardly we become about fat and the longer we pretend that we can continue eating while our bodies revolt against us by getting sicker and sicker, the more we fail our children and their children.
I may not suffer from nightmares, but I can scare the hell out of myself in the five or 10 minutes before unconsciousness. Most nights, I don't want to be alone with my mind in complete silence and darkness.
When I heard that the same parents who fail to go to Open House Night to meet the teachers who spend every day teaching our kids decided that watching the President of the United States address them was something they could not allow, I staggered.
Then came the divorce, the brand new home, the brand new furniture and my best efforts to create a lovely and peaceful haven for myself and my kids. I would never have mentioned the dogs and their continued residence with Dad at the old house...